Honestly, the tool I made for the “California Star” holes properly depicts the star hole in Flint Quarry, Monson MA and not Shasta, CA. I just like the shape for design purposes. So, if someone were to call it an “East Coast or Massachusetts Star”?… they would be correct.
My star holes below left and Massachusetts star on the right.
One of the most beautiful aspects (in my opinion) are the cores created from sonic coring/ drilling. Some great samples are at the Petri museum in Egypt (shown below). In present day Egypt the past tool makers used round and square metal tubes for coring.
Looking at a core reveals the nature of machining and a beautiful array of colorful patterns in Granite (feldspar, mica, and quartz)
I am coring on a smaller scale as I am making jewelry and tooling like the ancient North America civilizations (pre 10,000 BCE) with star holes.
The cores created from the star holes look much like Crinoids.
What are Crinoids?
Crinoids, Greek for “Sea lily” are some of the Earth’s earliest animals. They have managed to survive and evolve through several global climate changes and mass extinctions. They have a five-fold symmetry and when the stems are fossilized over millions of years humans have used them for jewelry decoration.
Below are fossilized Crinoids. My fingers point to the stem while they are in a fossilized matrix.
Now let’s take a look at fossilized star Crinoids next to star cores of granite.
Fossilized Crinoids on the left and star granite cores to the right.
Similar in appearance. Organic striations on the crinoids and peppered specks in the Granite star cores.
Hear are some earrings… to the CORE!
Perfect internal 5-point star holes in Chrysocolla/ Malachite/ Azurite beads and the cores are strung in between. Basically, recycle everything.
What are some of the things we can do with ancient technology that we cannot do with modern technology?
The below image shows a star tool I made and how it goes through the tiger’s eye Quartz. I came within ¼ of a millimeter to the edge of the gem without breakage.
I also came within ¼ of a millimeter to the internal edge of the Fluorite octahedron crystal shown in middle of picture. To the right is the common jewelry pendant holder.. I drilled through both pieces of glass and left the tool in the glass as proof of Ancient Tech.
I call it “Ancient Punk”. It is similar to “Steam Punk” except we use only ancient technology. Fantasy inspired and In-Your-Face Kounter Kulture!
Sonic coring can revolutionize how we set stones in the future and how we can create imagery within a gemstone.
Below is a 450 carat faceted oval Amethyst, Quartz with over 300 facets.
Below is the same Amethyst (now weighing 442 carats) after sonic coring and placed upon a LED light.
Below, close up of the star hole in the previous pictured Fluorite crystal octahedron (mined in Argentina).
Now under a microscope.
The star hole did not go in the fluorite all the way, I stopped before the star tool breached the opposite side.
The star hole and core are intact. The area between the core and star perimeter I filled with glow-in-the-dark powder and sealed the powder in with UV activated glue.
the below pictures are looking at the opposite side of star core entry… just about to penetrate through and I stopped 1/4 of a millimeter.
This technology can re- revolutionize the way we make jewelry.